Associate Professor, Religious Right; Fundamentalism; Religious Violence; Radicalization; Social Identity, Concordia University

André Gagné is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts (Department of Theological Studies) at Concordia University. He works on questions related to the religious right, fundamentalism, radicalization, religious violence, and social identity. He also has a marked interest in studying the beliefs, practices and political inclinations of various Evangelical subcultures such as Baptists and Pentecostals, and more extreme movements such as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the Christian Identity, and Christian Reconstruction. His main concern is to understand how sacred texts and traditions are used by extremist groups and individuals to justify acts of violence and / or cultivate violent ideologies.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, Concordia University
  • 2005–2008
    Lecturer, University of Sudbury

Education

  • 2008 
    Université de Montréal / Université catholique de Louvain, Conjoint PhD
  • 2003 
    Université de Montréal, M.A.
  • 2001 
    Université de Montréal, B.Th.

Publications

  • 2017
    “9/11 Anniversary: Understanding Extremist Motives Could Stop Further Violence”, The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    “Extremism, like terrorism, threatens global stability”, Open Canada
  • 2017
    “Attentat à Manchester : un choc des civilisations réel ou désiré ?”, La Presse
  • 2017
    “Les ‘cours virtuels’ de Daech, outils de fidélisation” (co-written with M.-A. Argentino), The Conversation France
  • 2017
    “Donald Trump attise-t-il l'extrémisme de droite au Canada ?”, The Conversation France
  • 2017
    “Is Trump Emboldening Right-Wing Extremism in Canada?”, The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    “The Battle of Narratives: Contending Against ISIS’ Propaganda Machine in the Destruction of the Al-Nuri Mosque” (co-written with M.A. Argentino), The Mantle
  • 2017
    “How the Islamic State Uses ‘Virtual Lessons’ to Build Loyalty” (co-written with M.-A. Argentino), The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    "Connaissons-nous vraiment l'histoire de Noël ?", The Conversation France
  • 2016
    The Global Impact of Religious Violence (co-edited with S. Loumakis and C. Miceli), Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    Constructing Religious Identities during the Second Temple Period / Construction des identités religieuses à l’époque de la période du Second Temple (co-edited with A. Gignac and G. Oegema), Peeters
  • 2016
    “Global Terrorism: A New Age of Unpredictability”, Open Canada
  • 2016
    “The Tyranny of Political Correctness and Religious Violence", The Global Impact of Religious Violence, Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    “Understanding ISIS’ Jihadist Strategy” , Open Canada
  • 2016
    “Religion and Violence on the Global Scene” (co-written with S. Loumakis and C. Miceli), The Global Impact of Religious Violence, Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    “Prévenir la radicalisation chez les jeunes : Enseigner l’histoire des religions au lieu du cours ÉCR” , La face cachée du cours Éthique et culture religieuse, Leméac
  • 2015
    “Contrer le terrorisme : défi des sociétés occidentales face à l’extrémisme religieux”, Le Huffington Post Québec
  • 2015
    “Que faire contre les imams autoproclamés ?”, La Presse
  • 2015
    “Education should be at the Heart of Quebec's Anti-Radicalization Plan”, Montreal Gazette
  • 2015
    “Des textes sacrés explosifs. Incitation à la violence et à la radicalisation ?”, La Presse
  • 2015
    "Le problème, c'est l'intégrisme”, La Presse